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What happens when my domain expires?
The following information applies to domain registered by Osiris Communications via OpenSRS/Tucows.

If a domain name is not renewed by its expiry date, it is not immediately deleted, although it does cease to operate. From this point on, it is considered to be "expired". Three days after the expiry date, the nameservers are changed to the OpenSRS Expired Domains nameservers.

OpenSRS makes every effort to allow registrants to reinstate their domain names after they have expired.

Day 0 to day -40: Domain has expired, but is within Grace Period

If a domain name has expired, but is still within the 40 day Grace Period, the top of the web page may display a renewal reminder message three days after the expiry date.

During the Grace Period, the domain name is still considered to be owned by the registrant, and the WHOIS information continues to display the registrant's information (or WHOIS Privacy, if applicable).

Note: The grace period for .CA, .TV, and .US domains is 30 days. The grace period for other ccTLDs varies; for information about a specific ccTLD, please refer to that section.

Reinstating the domain during the Grace Period

During the 40 days following the expiry date (Grace Period) the registrant can reinstate the domain name simply by renewing it. If the registrant renews the domain name during this period, the original nameservers are restored (unless you have enabled Parked Pages for that domain, in which case, the Parked Page is displayed). The cost is the standard renewal rate that is normally charged to renew a domain name.

During this period, the domain name may be listed by OpenSRS for auction, but the name can be removed from the auction listings if the original registrant renews the domain name. For information about the auction process, see "Auctions".

If a third party wants to buy this domain name, they need to contact the Registrant.

Day -40 to day -70: Domain not renewed during Grace Period, but is within Redemption Period

After the 40 day Grace Period, if the domain name has not been renewed, it may be queued for deletion and eventually dropped or auctioned off, or OpenSRS may decide to add it to our portfolio. If it is added to our portfolio, the domain name then enters a 30 day Redemption Period. For information about expired domain names being offered for auction, see "Auctions".

During this period, if the domain name is not in the Live Auction, the domain name is still considered to be owned by the registrant. The WHOIS information displays a Contact Privacy address. If a third party wants to purchase the domain name, they need to contact the registrant; however, the domain name cannot change ownership during this period. The original registrant has to redeem the domain name first and then they can sell it, if they choose.

Important: Once the domain name is queued to enter the Live Auction, it cannot be redeemed by the original registrant.

Redeeming the domain during the Redemption Period

If the domain name was not sent to the Live Auction (which usually runs from day -41 to day -45), the registrant can redeem their domain name during the 30 day Redemption Period; however, the cost is higher than a simple renewal.

To redeem a domain name during the redemption period please contact Osiris Communications via email or phone.  A Domain Rescue charge of $80 USD plus the cost of a one year renewal will be charged to the registrant's account.

Note: There is no redemption period for .NAME domain names.

Day -70 to day -75: Domain is dropped, not moved into OpenSRS Portfolio

After the Redemption Period, if the domain name has not been auctioned off and acquired by another party, it is dropped and made available for re-registration by the general public. Anyone who wants to buy the domain name after that must contact the new registrant.

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